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Old 09-18-2013, 07:41 PM   #15
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A good question TG. I have not read or heard of any issues with the later Oddy's even when towing the bigger trailers.

The CR shows Honda Oddy tranny's are better than average overall.
Thanks. I think my next vehicle will be a mini van and have read some grumbling about Odyssey transmissions.
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... have read some grumbling about Odyssey transmissions.
More than just grumbling...
Wikipedia: Honda Odyssey - Transmission issues

We almost bought a 2004 Odyssey (it was down to the Odyssey and Sienna). We had heard of the transmission issue, which was a minor factor in the choice. This is the only common fault that I have heard of (but I'm not an Odyssey owner so I don't follow this stuff), and I suspect that it was resolved years ago.
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Also... the 118" wheelbase and low center of gravity make them more desirable than the higher rated Pilot and Ridgeline.
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Also... the 118" wheelbase and low center of gravity make them more desirable than the higher rated Pilot and Ridgeline.
Plus you can carry stuff inside, out of the weather - what a concept.
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I would think Mini Vans would be popular TV's for folks with glass eggs.

The spacious interiors will hold a lot of stuff that can't fit into the smaller glass trailers. Research has shown most of them are very capable, reliable, and modestly rated at 3,500lbs. 3/4 ton of payload is more than many 1/2 ton trucks.
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I would think Mini Vans would be popular TV's for folks with glass eggs.

The spacious interiors will hold a lot of stuff that can't fit into the smaller glass trailers. Research has shown most of them are very capable, reliable, and modestly rated at 3,500lbs. 3/4 ton of payload is more than many 1/2 ton trucks.
Sure, but SUVs and pickup trucks look so much cooler.
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Any insight into the transmission status i.e. is the current trans. more robust?
It was the 1999 through 2004 Honda Odyssey whose transmissions predictably failed at 90,000 miles. (My 2003 Odyssey included) Having a transmission cooler did NOT compensate for this failure. Honda corrected the flaw starting with the 2005 model year, the same year the side sliding doors got open-able windows and a front seat sun-roof option became available.
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It was the 1999 through 2004 Honda Odyssey whose transmissions predictably failed at 90,000 miles. (My 2003 Odyssey included) Having a transmission cooler did NOT compensate for this failure. Honda corrected the flaw starting with the 2005 model year, the same year the side sliding doors got open-able windows and a front seat sun-roof option became available.
Thanks. I also note the the 2014 Siennas come "tow ready" as standard, even on the cheap models. Since 2008, if you didn't order the tow package, you couldn't economically add the engine oil cooler required for towing. So maybe two good tow choices - Sienna and Odyssey.
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Sienna and Odyssey.
Yes, those are the two top rated vans from the research I have done.
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